Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a spiritual, vibrational healing practice used to promote balance throughout the human system. Reiki does not involve physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances, but works with the subtle vibrational field thought to surround and penetrate the body. (Reiki is commonly translated from the Japanese as universal life energy.) People seek Reiki sessions for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. Most people experience Reiki as peaceful, calm and relaxing.
People receiving Reiki often express a sense of connection to their own innate spirituality, or inner source of meaning. There is, however, no religious belief system attached to Reiki.
What happens during a Reiki session?
The recipient, wearing loose comfortable clothing, lies on a massage table. The recipient can start by lying either on their back or stomach. The practitioner will place his hands on or above the recipient in various positions. The hands are kept still for around 3 to 5 minutes before moving to the next position.
Halfway through, the practitioner will guide the client to turn over. The practitioner generally uses a set of set positions, but may also focus on a specified area. Overall, the hand positions usually give a general coverage of the head, the front and back of the torso, the knees and feet.
The Reiki Session will generally last 45 minutes to an hour.
What does Reiki feel like?
While the experience of Reiki is unique to each individual, some possible experiences include:
Sensation of warmth from the practioner's hands
Feelings of deep relaxation and well-being
Sensation of floating or sinking
Feelings of love and joy
Seeing images or colors
Restful, sound sleep
Is Reiki Safe?
Reiki is non-invasive and completely safe for young and old alike. However, as safe as Reiki is, it should never be used as a replacement for medical or psychological treatments.